First Residents Move into New Huckleberry House Community
The first residents will move into Huckleberry House’s new Kenmore Square community in Linden starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17.
The organization, which helps Central Ohio youth and families in crisis, purchased the 56-unit Kenmore Square apartment community from Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. The renovated units will provide Columbus-area youth experiencing homelessness a place to call home.
“There is a great need for housing units for programs that help youth transition from homelessness to independent living,” says Huckleberry House Executive Director Sonya Thesing. “Kenmore Square is the perfect environment for building a supportive community where youth can learn the skills they need to achieve their goals.”
All residents of Kenmore Square will receive support services from Huckleberry House staff and be able to participate in community activities.
The complex will include Huckleberry House’s Transitional Living Program as well as units for the The Homeless Families Foundation combination rapid rehousing – transitional living program and units master leased by the Community Housing Network.
Participants of Impact Community Action’s Build Up program will live in one unit. The program provides a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on work to help prepare individuals for the construction field. The participants will also provide 24-hour and preventive maintenance for Kenmore Square.
“We are excited about the innovative approach to community we can build at Kenmore Square,” Thesing says. “For the 18- to 24-year olds we will be welcoming to Kenmore, success depends on more than a roof over their heads. Since 1990, our Transitional Living Program has been using an integrated approach to life skills using developmentally appropriate case management. We know that creating community is key to long term success for the youth we serve.”
For more information, visit huckhouse.org.